Svěcení hlíny [The sanctification of the earth], 1971.; Edice Petlice, volume 165.

[Prague]: [Edice Petlice], 1979. Octavo (20.5 × 14.5 cm). Attractive blind rose-colored wrappers; typescript to rectos only; on thin rice paper; [67] leaves, [1] leaf of plates. Signed by the author on the title page. About fine. Item #2533

A collection of poems by Jaromír Hořec, illustrated with a stunning embossed lithograph by painter and graphic artist Lubomír Příbyl (1937-), one of the most independent and intriguing figures of the contemporary Czech art world. Příbyl works primarily with large-format graphic works that explore perceptions of space, texture, light and shadow, as well as the effect of colors. In the 1960s, he was close to the Klub konkretistů (Club of Concretists).

Edice Petlice (Padlock Edition) was an important samizdat edition, which issued approximately 400 titles between 1973 and 1989 and received perhaps the widest circulation among Czechoslovak samizdat series. As its founder, writer Ludvik Vaculik, wrote in hindsight: “[Edice Petlice] was intended as a means of helping preserve manuscripts by protecting and propagating them; by telling interested parties, particularly specialists, about new writings by well-known authors and about the new writing talents on the horizon” (Good-Bye, Samizdat, p. 125). Because Petlice became so visible abroad, the State often tried to dissuade Vaculik from publishing it, and to deter writers from submitting manuscripts. Nevertheless, Vaculik stated that Petlice had six typists at its peak. According to Vaculik's recollections, this title was among other Petlice editions confiscated during a search in 1975. “Bez souhlasu autora neni opisovani dovoleno.” One of twenty-two copies with this lithograph (numbered 7/22). “Zakaz dalsiho opisovani rukopisu.”

KVK, OCLC show two copies, at the British Library and Konstanz University.

Price: €350.00